Last week, Donald Trump took a moment to insult both Don Lemon and LeBron James' intelligence on his Twitter, because he's incapable of going a day without doing something stupid. Both LeBron and Lemon have remained relatively quiet regarding Trump's comments, but on last night's episode of CNN Tonight, however, Lemon finally responded.
"I wouldn't normally address this...as a journalist I don't really like being the story here," he started. The rest of the segment sees Lemon highlighting just how publicly racist Trump has been in the past, particularly giving notice to when he believed Barack Obama wasn't American and his response to the murder of Heather Heyer during the white supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in August 2017.
"Let me not mince words here," Lemon states at the 7:03 mark. "This president traffics in racism and is fueled by bullying. From keeping children at the border in cages to bullying journalists at his rallies every chance that he gets. President Trump is trying a divide and conquer strategy here and here’s how it goes."
Lemon's contempt for Trump is abundantly clear throughout the clip, and he only gets more savage from there. "He is trying to divide by race and conquer decency by smearing the truth and the people who fight to uphold it," he continued. "I’ve wondered sometimes if he will succeed. If President Trump, if he’s the one who has the finger on the pulse of this country. Is he revealing who we really are? Think about that. Is this who we really are? The overwhelming negative response to his unfair and unkind attack on a good man, LeBron James, shows America rejects what he is peddling. Most of America anyway."